The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a year-round platform of networks, programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world.
Ranging from efforts to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs to advancing research and connecting global leaders in person, GEN operates in all types of economies and cultures.
The globalization of entrepreneurship has brought an explosion of programs, startup communities and investment into a new field where there is a paucity of data around what works and what does not in supporting nascent entrepreneurs and new firms forming and trying to scale. Traditional business, education and government leaders have been eager champions, but they need more sophisticated programs and research to help them direct their attention and funds to areas that will have the greatest impact on future economic growth.
GEN is a compass to help address these needs by identifying effective initiatives that positively impact whole societies, and interventions that target the most critical areas for entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Its mission includes:
● Expanding the number of ordinary citizens working for or starting firms around the world by fully legitimizing entrepreneurs in all cultures and economies. The world needs more entrepreneurs.
● Increasing understanding between the new and traditional elements of emerging startup communities and ecosystems including the constructive engagement of the public sector in supporting entrepreneur designed public programs. It takes a village where everyone collaborates to succeed.
● Supporting the emergence of a new class of global entrepreneurs with access to research, programs and networks inside the 170 nation strong GEN network. National boundaries are porous to innovation and a new creative class of risk takers is hard-wired to a global network.
● Connecting an emerging community of national startup policy advisors with a next generation network of world-class entrepreneurship research institutions in an effort to generate more robust research and data to support evidence-based policymaking and more effective entrepreneurial support programming. In short, data and analysis on what works and what does not in helping new firm formation.
GEN Indonesia will develop a new generation of efforts aimed at complimenting existing efforts in your country to accelerate entrepreneurial performance. GEN grew from Global Entrepreneurship Week, initiated by the United States-based Kauffman Foundation initiated, which serves as an intellectual cornerstone for thought leadership and programming around entrepreneurship dynamics. As such, GEN leverages relationships with a vast number of respected program and research communities to provide cutting-edge ideas that empower public and private sector leaders with the tools they need to increase their national entrepreneurial potential.